EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMom Who Had Double Mastectomy Dancing With "Tri-State Stars"
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Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Oct. 21, 2013 4:54 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 22, 2013 12:38 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
The last six months have been a whirlwind for 33-year-old Sarah White. She found a lump while checking her breasts earlier this year. A triple negative breast cancer diagnosis prompted her to have a double mastectomy this summer, a decision she never second-guessed. Her family also stood by that decision.
Her mom Carole Holbrook said, "She's always been a strong person that can overcome just about anything, and I'm very proud of her."
After two months of chemotherapy, like most patients, Sarah started losing her hair. "It started coming out about four hours after my second treatment, so I had my beautician come over and we shaved my head in the driveway," said White.
Unlike most cancer patients, White agreed to be a contestant in the 5th annual Dancing with the Tri-State Stars at the end of the month. "Hopefully I can help someone out there," she said.
She and partner Shaun Terry will compete in the hip-hop category to raise money for Ebenezer Medical Outreach. She's hoping to spread awareness to other women about the importance of those self-checks. "Had I not self-checked, I may or may not know about it. I mean I may have gone through the summer. I might not even know now, had I not checked myself," said White.
She said she also wants women to know what to expect if they go through something similar. "
I had no clue what to expect. When you hear somebody get cancer you just think oh they're going to have to go through chemo and radiation but you don't know what all the details are and what you're going to experience unless you're experiencing it for yourself," she said.
White attends a support group at Cabell Huntington Hospital for survivors. "It's nice to know other women who have the same types of cancer or breast cancer that I can talk to and be friends with," she said.
If you want to attend Dancing With The Tri-State Stars, here's more information about the event:
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